Friday, January 25, 2019

Cardboard and Hot Glue Rusty Valentine Hearts

I went to a pumpkin carving party right before Halloween and on the fence in my friend's backyard were rusty tin birds that look like they had been there for 50 years.  They looked like they had weathered harsh winters, rain and scorching sun over and over again.  When I got home I started figuring out how to get that rusty look in a simplest of ways.  Finally, after studying a hundred photos of rust with a cup of instant coffee in my hand, it came to me...This is the perfect heart to give someone you've weathered the storm with.  Lead with love, my friends and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
 Cannot wait to give these away!

 It's like they've been waiting in the rain for 50 years!
Watch how to make them here!
99c Store Instant Coffee
Americana Acrylics in Dark Chocolate, Burnt Orange and Sea Aqua
Redesign With Prima Silicone Molds
Hot Glue
Wire Cutters
1.  Cut out cardboard hearts
2.  Fill silicone flower molds with hot glue
3.  Glue the molded pieces to the cardboard hearts with more hot glue
4.  Paint the centers of each heart with Sea Aqua
5.  Dab around the edges and on the flowers with Dark Chocolate
6.  Dip the brush in more Dark Chocolate and then instant coffee and 
then dab around the heart
*Use a decent amount and build the texture
7.  Dip your brush in Burnt Orange and instant coffee and keep dabbing
8.  When dry, add more Sea Aqua
9.  Punch holes at the top and base of the heart
10.  Bend wire to create a handle and attach at the top two holes
11.  Add a rust look to a tiny brass bell and attach to the base with a wire ring
12.  Add some paint to the wire handle and wire ring
I prefer a rusty heart!

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Now that looks fun! Thanks for sharing it with us...

  2. Looks so easy! Beautiful results

  3. Very pretty, gotta try this. Also I didn't know you could fill molds with hot glue! Now I have so many ideas using hothlu and molds this rust tech. So thank you for this sweet valentine project.